Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) is a blanket term to describe a process of innovation. It is not exclusive to any one material or method but a way to focus on developing new ways of building more high quality homes faster.
There have been many analyses of the UK construction industry that have recommended structural change. The Latham Report in 1994 and the Egan Report in 1998 both highlighted inefficient practices and structural problems that were holding the industry back.
In 2016 Mark Farmer published the latest such report: Modernise or Die starkly sets out the need for reform and endorses the widespread adoption of Modern Methods of Construction as a solution.
Government has responded by smoothing the path and encouraging investment in and development of MMC.
In 2019 the MMC Working Group of the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government published the first official definition of MMC.
This recognises a range of innovative practices that can be described as MMC, describing seven categories of innovation that meet the definition. These range from complete modules built in a factory to engineering and robotic solutions for improving practice on site.
There is no compulsion on any builder to adopt MMC and many reasons why incorporating the more extreme MMC solutions (Category one and two) may never be acceptable to many established developers.
But at H+H we have always focused on innovation: providing technical solutions that meet the MMC agenda long before the term was introduced.
Our Thin-Joint system has provided speed of build, combined with dimensional accuracy, for decades, and we are delighted to see it specifically mentioned in the Category 6 MMC definition.
As long ago as 2007 we introduced our storey-high aircrete panels into the UK, Barratt Green House, introducing UK housebuilders to the fast, panellised approach widely used by our customers across Europe.
Our most recent innovation, the I-House System provides a whole-house system-build solution, combining aircrete panels with pre-fabricated floors and roofs and falls under the MMC Category two definition.
We naturally believe that high performance, resilient and durable aircrete is the best material for new homes. The official definition of MMC provides welcome clarity that aircrete-based solutions have a positive future within the MMC agenda.
Norton Farm - Celcon Elements
The SIG I-House System incorporating Celcon Elements has been specified for use on 164 units on the Norton Farm site in Bromsgrove. The I-House System, a collaboration between SIG Offsite and H+H UK, provides the speed of offsite construction with the familiarity of a traditional build.